Monday, November 24 2008
Asmussen Breaks His Own Single-Year Record for Training Wins in North America
Trainer Steve Asmussen broke his own single-year record for North American wins by a trainer, when Prophesy captured the first race today at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The win was Asmussen's 556th of the year, breaking his old mark of 555 set in 2004.
Quotes from Steve Asmussen:
"We've had a tremendous year, made possible by some tremendous opportunities and my outstanding help."
JACK O’LANTERN GIVES MATLOW FIRST GRADED WIN IN PREVUE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2008) — Jack o’ Lantern, given a perfect trip by Isaias Enriquez, found room along the rail in the stretch and took charge nearing the sixteenth pole en route to a $41.80 upset in Sunday’s $103,700 Hollywood Prevue at Hollywood Park.
Favorite Azul Leon finished a half-length back in second in the Grade III event — a major stepping-stone to the CashCall Futurity here Dec. 20. Ventana and Arashi Cat were another half-length back in a dead heat for third while second choice Backbackbackgone finished fifth and Congor Bay sixth.
TWO SCHEDULE CHANGES THANKSGIVING WEEK AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2008) — The schedule at Hollywood Park will change this week with an 11 a.m. post time on Thanksgiving Day and a 12:30 p.m. post time on Friday when the three-day Turf Festival begins.
Other than the early post on Thursday, post time will be at 12:30 p.m. through the remainder of the 40-day meeting, which concludes Dec. 21.
AUTOGRAPHED ZENYATTA POSTERS SUNDAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2008) — Patrons will receive a Zenyatta poster autographed by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith when the unbeaten Horse of the Year candidate is honored at Hollywood Park on Sunday, Nov. 30 — closing day of the 17th Turf Festival.
Zenyatta, owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, has won each of her nine starts, most recently capturing the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic to clinch distaff honors and establish herself as a legitimate contender for Horse of the Year along with Curlin.
BAZE FINISHES WEEK WITH HAT TRICK
ALBANY -- Leading jockey Russell Baze, capitalizing on some live mounts, rode three winners Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.
Baze, who tops the jockey standings with 76 victories at the fall meeting, scored his hat trick with three favorites. The Hall of Famer won the first race with Bold Reward ($4.60), the third with Luck Be a Lily ($6.40) and the fourth with Out of Seattle ($4.80).
Abu Alemarat the star at Abu Dhabi
Last season’s Abu Dhabi Triple Crown winner Abu Alemarat made a winning return to action on Sunday evening when landing the featured 2200m conditions race at the Capital’s third meeting of the season.
Now trained by Englishman Rod Simpson, the four-year-old, who carries the colours of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was sent to the front at the two furlong pole by Daragh O’Donohoe and never looked likely to be caught.
BurJuman Ladies Night at the races
The Dubai Racing Club, along with the official fashion partner BurJuman, is delighted to be once again hosting the BurJuman Ladies Night this Thursday at Nad Al Sheba racecourse.
BurJuman Ladies Night is the perfect opportunity for ladies to enjoy an evening of thrilling thoroughbred racing action during a fun and stylish night out with the girls.
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Sunday, November 23 2008
Shadowless casts a spell on Kennedy Road foes
TORONTO, November 22 * Shadowless, at 16-1, captured yet another thrilling renewal of Kennedy Road Stakes, taking Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 feature by a half-length.
For the David Bell-trained gelded son of Stormy Atlantic, the six-furlong event was his fourth victory of the 2008 campaign and first added-money triumph from 13 starts.
Main Executive broke sharply from post seven and was immediately challenged by Rouse the Cat, with the duo taking the field through early splits of :22.26 and :44.65.
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WISHFUL TOMCAT MAKES THE GRADE IN DISCOVERY
By Francis LaBelle Jr.
Winter Park Partners’ Wishful Tomcat won his third consecutive race and became a graded-stakes winner at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday afternoon, taking jockey Ramon Dominguez to a front-running 1 ¾-length victory over That’srightofficer in the 63rd running of the Grade 3, $110,100 Discovery Handicap for three-year-olds at nine furlongs.
“He has a heart of gold,” said trainer Gary Contessa, after the Tactical Cat colt returned $16.20 to win. “All I can say is, `Watch out New York-breds!’ I would like to see him dominate stakes races here this winter. It’s extra cold today; maybe it will push out the Florida trainers sooner.”
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GOMEZ CAPS FOUR-WIN DAY ABOARD JOHNNY EVES IN UNDERWOOD
NGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2008) — Garrett Gomez capped a four-win afternoon as Johnny Eves gained the lead from gritty pacesetter Wiredfortwotwenty in deep stretch and held late-charging Northern Solider at bay to win the $108,400 Vernon O. Underwood by one length Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Gomez, headed for his third straight title as the nation’s leading money-winning jockey, made no mistakes as he had Johnny Eves in perfect stalking position through the first half-mile. As the field turned for home, Johnny Eves moved up on the outside of Wiredfortwotwenty and Bob Black Jack and proved best in the lane, covering six furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:07.90.
SIREN LURE ENDS VICTORY DROUGHT WITH TRIUMPH IN SAUSALITO STAKES
ALBANY -- Siren Lure snapped a 12-race losing streak Saturday when he charged powerfully down the stretch to score a 1 1/4-length victory over 2-to-5 favorite Indyanne in the $75,000 Sausalito Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
The victory was Siren Lure's first since Aug. 20, 2006, when he captured the Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap at Del Mar.
Hollywood Park Stable Notes: Sunday, November 23, 2008
MUNY WORKS FOR HOLLYWOOD DERBY
Muny was “on the money” for the $500,000 Hollywood Derby next Sunday. The front-running Oak Tree Derby winner worked six furlongs breezing in 1:14 on turf at Hollywood Park Sunday to the delight of trainer Mike Puype and jockey David Flores.
“He was going as easy as can be; he’s ready to go,” said Puype after the drill in company with stablemate El Carillero, who came from behind and closed two lengths in the stretch but did not pass the leader, under a hold by Flores.